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Houston's Go DJ's Prepare to Jumpstart Texas (@RapPublicist)

Houston's Go DJ's Prepare to Jumpstart Sluggish Texas Music Market With R.A.P. Event

Courtesy Nancy B.

Houston, TX ~ Over the years the state of Texas has contributed a wealth of Hip Hop and R&B household names to the music industry. Labels like Rap-A-Lot and Swishahouse once dominated the independent southern Hip Hop landscape. The city of Houston alone has brought us legends like Destiny’s Child, Geto Boys and UGK. Then came the next wave of successes and artists like Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire kept the momentum of the Texas music market going. But then what? What are this generation’s ranks of wannabes doing, or not doing, about keeping Texas on the musical map? Unquestionably, the Texas music hay days are behind us, leaving us all to wonder, how do we get them back? In an attempt to answer that question and offer guidance and direction to the latest crop of up-and-coming Texas music artists, Houston’s Go DJ’s have gathered together with a group of music industry veterans to present R.A.P. (Regional Artist Preparation), an evening of informative panels, Q&A’s and artist showcases, hoping to jump start the current sluggish Texas music market. Taking place on Monday, August 27th at renowned Roxy nightclub (5351 W. Alabama @ Rice) beginning at 7PM, the Go DJ’s, along with a selection of A&R’s, program directors and celebrity guests will educate and interact with the event’s registrants, with a view towards giving them a better understanding of launching and maintaining a successful music career in today’s marketplace.
Topics for the evening will include music production, the duties of a good manager and how to go about finding one, how to generate relationships with DJ’s, everything you need to know about radio, effective artist promotion, the do's and don'ts of social media and the ever important return on investment (ROI), all laid bare by people with a proven track record of success in their field. Registrants will have one on one access to names like Go DJ Hi C, Go DJ’s J Que, GT and Michael ‘5000’ Watts from 97.9 The Box, regional reps from labels like Interscope and Atlantic, artists like Dorrough and Lil O and a host of surprise celebrity guests, each sharing their knowledge and expertise. Artist showcase performances will take place throughout the evening. The theme of the evening is ‘getting Texas back on track: an A-Z.” For more information, kindly visit .
Media is encouraged to attend.
WHO: Houston’s Go DJ’s
WHAT: R.A.P. (Regional Artist Preparation) event. An evening of informative panels, Q&A’s and artist showcases
WHEN: Monday, August 27th  beginning at 7PM prompt (doors at 6PM)
WHERE: Roxy nightclub (5351 W. Alabama @ Rice)
WHY: Getting the Texas music market back on track with guidance and education from a host of successful music industry professionals.

MP3: @WaisTheP - "Run Up On Ya Bitch" (@EricVanderslice)

MP3: Wais P - "Run Up On Ya Bitch" (Prod. By Vanderslice)

Courtesy Audible Treats.

On October 9th, rapper (and real-life pimp) Wais P will release his new album, Pimpin’ Saved My Life, via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will include features from the likes of Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, and Kokane, along with production from Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah, Tha Bizness, and more, including Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, who, on August 28th, will release their own album together, Diggaz With Attitude. Today, Wais and Vanderslice are releasing the very first leak from Pimpin' Saved My Life, “Run Up On Ya Bitch.”

Vanderslice sets the tone for the track with a deftly chopped horn sample and crisp drums, while Wais opens the song’s chorus, rapping, “I/ Come up in the spot looking/ Fly/ I run up on your bitch/ I run up on your bitch, like I run up on your click.” For Wais P, the inspiration for the track ties directly into the message in the chorus, and, as things seem to be for Wais both in music and in life, the whole thing is all very straightforward matter-of-fact. “If you see something you want, go fucking get it,” says P, bluntly. “Go get what you want and never wait.”

Download Run Up On Ya Bitch" here: .

HHN Update: NEW "Universal Monsters Remix" Maze!

HHN Update: NEW "Universal Monsters Remix" Maze!

Courtesy Kate Bryan.

Universal City, California — Universal’s infamous legacy of horror will come to an afterlife in “Universal Monsters Remix,” an all-new terrifying experience that re-imagines the classic horror icons of yesteryear for the 21st century and immerses them in the twisted confines of electronica-inspired music during “Halloween Horror Nights®” at Universal Studios HollywoodSM.

            Set within the antechambers of an eerily gothic castle, the new “Universal Monsters Remix” maze will unleash a cast of movies most legendary creatures, including Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, Dracula and his Brides, Phantom of the Opera and The Wolf Man.  From deep within the stone fortress, accompanied by ominous strobe lighting effects, guests will traverse dark and dank arteries of rotting catacombs, hallowed underground crypts and pagan sacrificial burial chambers.  Laced with the murmur of dialog from Universal’s catalogue of horror films, guests will be besieged by the relentless sounds of high-energy, horror-inspired dance, dub-step and industrial music.

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures.  Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with incomparable spellbinding and spine-chilling haunted attractions.

“Halloween Horror Nights” experiences will include an immersive new maze, “The Walking Dead:  Dead Inside,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series; “Welcome to Silent Hill,” based on the popular video games and film franchise; a new maze by legendary shock rocker, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” and a reimagined “La Llorona: Cazadora de Niños” maze, based on the terrifying Mexican and Latin American legend that has terrified children for centuries.  An all new “Terror Tram:  Invaded by The Walking Dead” attraction, also inspired by the TV series, will invite guests to navigate the haunted environs of the world-famous movie and television studio backlot and come face to face with hordes of flesh-eating, blood-drooling and groaning “walkers.”  Additional haunted attractions to be announced shortly.

The theme park’s favorite thrill-ride attractions will also remain open during “Halloween Horror Nights,” including the popular “Transformers™: The Ride—3D,” “The Simpsons Ride®,” “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® In the Dark.”

Details on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood” and on  Instagram @HorrorNightsHollywood or #UniversalHHN.  Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter at:, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.  “Halloween Horror Nights’ maze announcement videos can be seen at Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, September 21, 2012 and continues on select nights through Wednesday, October 31.  Event dates are: September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.

Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena.  World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride—3D.”

Video: Ca$his - "Water Whippin'" (@TheRealCashis)

Video: Ca$his - "Water Whippin'"

Courtesy J.L.

See the teaser for Ca$his' new video for "Water Whippin'" coming soon!

Look for his new album "The Art of Dying" out on 10/30/2012 on RBC Records.

Mixtape: @MikkeyHalsted & @DonCannon - "Castro"

Mixtape: Mikkey Halsted & Don Cannon - "Castro"

Courtesy Papa Smirf.

"I put my heart and my soul into this project. I pray you Post and Enjoy. As always thanx for you continued support!" - MIKKEY HALSTED

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MP3: @LupeFiasco - "Lamborghini Angels"

MP3: Lupe Fiasco - "Lamborghini Angels"

Courtesy M3W.

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Slightly Stoopid Is Sitting On Top of the World: New Album

Slightly Stoopid Is Sitting On Top of the World: New Album Out Today

Courtesy 'Stache Media.


California's own Slightly Stoopid is back with their signature good time grooves for the first time in four years. Their new album, Top of the World, is being released today, and it is being streamed for free on AOL Music and MSN Music.

Released on the band's own label, Stoopid Records, Top of the World is the seven-piece band's seventh studio release. An all-star crew of guest artists gathered to appear on the record, including reggae legends like Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and Barrington Levy, "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson (of Greyboy Allstars,) longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love, Angelo Moore (frontman of legendary funk/rock/ska band Fishbone,) Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville, and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. It's the first Slightly Stoopid album to be created at the band's own recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland of Ocean Beach.)

"In the past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to make the record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time in our career," multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Miles Doughty (who co-founded the band with Kyle McDonald) says. "What's nice about it is having our own environment to record in and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organic feel. For us, I feel like it's a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we've learned over the years and really put it into this record."

Riffing on some of the album's highlights, Doughty excitedly says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G. Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar line throughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,' he is a true architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo-it's a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooks and crannies we play across the country."

Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different.  Doughty says: "This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool-those guys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we've been headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we're going to co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for our fans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the new record. The band recently announced a brand new set of fall tour dates, see below for details.    

Slightly Stoopid's current line-up consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), along with Ryan "Rymo" Moran (drums), Oguer "OG" Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards).

Slightly Stoopid tour dates: 

Unity Tour dates with 311

8/14  Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
8/15  Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/17  Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
8/18  Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Amphitheatre
8/19  Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/22  Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
8/23  Los Angeles, CA - KROQ Red Bull Sound Space 
8/24  Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/25  San Diego, CA - Cricket Amphitheatre
8/28  Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
8/29  Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl
8/31  San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
9/01  Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay
9/02  Reno, NV - Lawler Events Center
9/04  Portland (Ridgefield), OR - Sleep Country Amphitheatre
9/05  Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre 

Fall Tour Dates (Just Announced!) 

9/06  Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion  
10/03  Tuscaloosa, AL - Bama Theater
10/04  Oxford, MS - The Lyric Theatre
10/05  New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
10/06  Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
10/07  Lexington, KY - Buster's
10/10  Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10/11  Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10/12  Knoxville, TN - Valarium
10/13  Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10/14  Morgantown, WV - Metropolitan Theater
10/17  Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10/18  Portland, ME - State Theatre
10/19  Providence, RI - Lupo's At The Strand
10/20  Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues

Video: N.B.S. + Blastah Beatz - "Worldwide Disaster"

Video: N.B.S. + Blastah Beatz - "Worldwide Disaster"

Courtesy Big Bang Records.

World Wide Disaster is from the forthcoming “Ph.D. in Beatmaking” album. To be released 2013 on Ascetic Music, "Ph.D in Beatmaking" features (among others) Kool G Rap, N.B.S, Inspectah Deck, Cashis, and Steele of Smif N Wessun.

Free EP: Dinner With the Universe - "Demo" (@IStillLoveHER)

Free EP: Dinner With the Universe - "Demo"

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

Founded in the Summer of 2011, Dinner With The Universe is a color & sound production company, based out of Southern California. With a sole focus on exposing the essence, Founder.Producer Charly.Halfnote is creating works to eliminate all non essential forms, features, or concepts. This first piece of music is a brief demonstration of the soul. It is an expression of Hip-hop. And it is an extension of Jazz. It is the free expression of three California musicians, combining their creative powers to will what they may from The Universe.

Soundcloud: .

MP3: Rock Mecca - "Gangsta Boogie" (@Mecca4Ever)

MP3: Rock Mecca - "Gangsta Boogie"

Courtesy Who Got Next.

Battle tested and street approved, Rock Mecca has been steadily gaining momentum on the urban music scene with his vivid rhymes, gritty flow and energetic delivery, elevating himself above and beyond the crop of street lyricists who aim to master the Bronx Science. After having built a cult following on the underground circuit, Mecca is set to take his career to new heights with a catalogue of music instantly recognized as quality, authentic Hip-Hop as soon as it hits the eardrum.


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